How to Obtain BIA Recognition and more!

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
HIAS Pennsylvania
2100 Arch Street, Room 301



The New York Immigration Coalition, HIAS Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition and The National Partnership for New Americans present

How to Obtain BIA Recognition & Accreditation
Overview of Citizenship & Naturalization Law

The morning session of this training will provide an overview of the requirements for obtaining Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Recognition for your non-profit agency so that it may provide immigration legal services through Accredited Representatives.  We also will cover the requirements for obtaining accreditation for individual non-attorney employees of recognized agencies.  
There is no CLE credit for the morning session. 
The afternoon training will cover basic topics relating to naturalization and citizenship.  Topics will include acquisition and derivation of citizenship, eligibility for naturalization, impediments and bars to naturalization, practice and procedure. 

Both trainings will be conducted by Thomas J. Shea, Esq. of the NYIC staff.  Judith Bernstein-Baker, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania is a co-presenter for the morning session. 

New York State CLE Credit:  4.0 credits in professional practice.  
Pennsylvania CLE:  3.50S credits.

Advanced registration is required, please send Jonathan Vidal at a copy of your registration form (PDF).


REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS—PLEASE READ CAREFULLY All people registering to attend a CLE training through a NYIC member agency, other nonprofit organization, or employee of a private attorney must submit a letter on the agency or organization’s letterhead verifying that the registrant is an employee of the agency or organization and authorizing the registrant to attend the training(s). The letter must be signed by the head of the agency or the managing attorney. Non-member agencies can not participate in ICTI CLE trainings unless the agency is recognized by the BIA or is providing services under the direct supervision of an immigration attorney. NYIC members that are not BIA recognized and that are not supervised by an immigration attorney can not attend CLE trainings unless the head of the member agency provides a written and signed attestation that s/he understands what constitutes the “practice of law” and that the member does not and will not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.  The NYIC can provide a form attestation letter for the head of the member agency to sign. Please contact to obtain the attestation form. Non-member agencies that are not recognized by the BIA but that are providing legal services under the direct supervision of an immigration attorney must provide a letter, from that supervising attorney, stating that the attorney supervises the work of the registrant(s). NYIC member agencies and other 501(c) organizations submitting registrations on behalf of their staff to attend CLE trainings must submit a copy of their IRS 501(c) letter. The NYIC will not knowingly accept registration to attend CLE trainings from any person who provides legal representation without authorization pursuant to 8 CFR Part 292, such as “immigration consultants” and “notarios”.

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